Radical by 123rf.com
Like a prizefighter that has taken too many blows to the head and has lost his senses, the Radical Right can't seem to grasp the fact that it is finished, that its twisted ideology and message doesn't resonate with the large majority of Americans; they aren't listening. Battered, bleeding, in a state of shock and disbelief after the just concluded national elections, this rogue element of the Republican Party has become meaningless, an empty vessel, and is rapidly descending into the lower depths of this nation's contaminated political system.
The Republican Party, whether its leadership will acknowledge it or not, seems to be splintering and breaking up into various opposing factions. We have the old style Republicans that still appear to possess some ability to use logic and reason but this element of the party has been shrinking in size. There is the Tea Party which is against everything the government is doing but doesn't have specific, effective recommendations on how to make things better. Then there are the Romney disciples who have the unique ability to be for or against a specific issue, depending on the audience they are trying to reach.
And last but not least there are the Right Wing Radicals who seem to have an inborn sense of hatred, disrespect and disdain for those who are unlike themselves. Over the past several decades these radicals have established an increasing control over this party and have changed it dramatically; but in all the wrong ways. So we have a situation in which that dwindling portion of Republicans that want to do the right thing for America are stymied in their efforts to do just that by the radicals that have given the GOP its reputation as the "party of no."
The Republican Party and the Radical Right Wing Radicals within it may be on the verge of becoming virtually irrelevant. This party gives every appearance of being totally out of sync with the majority of the American people who are angry and frustrated about the direction this government is taking. This past election showed just how disjointed this party has become. If it had put forth a rational, believable vision to the American people, it might have easily defeated a weakened and vulnerable President Obama and taken total control of this government; but it didn't even begin to do so.
Radical means extreme, unreasonable. The term conservative, normally defined as traditional or moderate, has been changed by these Republican Radicals to mean obstinate, inflexible, and reactionary. Those defining characteristics have become an integral part of this party and its platform and they don't even try to hide that fact. So why would any normal, rational thinking American ever want to be associated with that ideology?
Delving a bit deeper into the right-wing psyche we find that it fully supports what is called social hierarchy and social inequality or what might further be defined as a dominance-subordinate relationship. That is an excellent depiction of what we now recognize as the domination of the 1% of Americans who possess 40% of the wealth/income and the bottom 80% who, collectively, possess only 20%. This extreme inequity of wealth and income is a condition that these radicals would like to see become permanent and irreversible.
Most of these Right Wing politicians have a myopic vision of America and its people. They look out over this nation and how do they view this society? With blinders limiting their vision they only see people that are just like themselves, primarily a white America. They seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that this nation is undergoing dramatic demographic changes; they can't seem to accept or comprehend that America is truly a melting pot, one whose population is becoming more and more diverse. The days of total dominance by the Caucasian population are coming to an end as African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other racial and ethnic groups become a larger and more influential part of this country.
Aren't they aware that ethnic and racial minorities will, by the year 2050, represent 54% of America's population with Hispanics comprising by far the largest segment? That the white population of this country which is now 66% will then total only 46%? Then again they may be aware of that fact but feel confident that they still will be able to overpower and dominate Hispanics as well as every other ethnic and racial segment of America; unfortunately, this is the height of delusional thinking, coupled with just plain arrogance.
They have lost the war on the women of America, a battle that they should never have dared to begin. They should have known that the women of America would never allow themselves to be dominated and controlled by politicians. Based on their shallow thinking they paid a terrible price in the just concluded elections when these women not only were a major contributing factor in their defeat but also gained power in the U.S. Congress. Three Republican Congressional candidates, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and Joe Walsh, self-appointed medical experts on the issues of rape and abortion, felt the wrath of women voters and went down in flames.
What does the future hold for the crippled Republican Party? Could those predictions of this party erupting into a civil war between opposing factions become a reality? If that happens, it could conceivably tear the GOP apart; and then what? Could we see the creation of two weak Republican parties; one inhabited by old style Republican conservatives of the past who could, at least, operate in a rational, reasonable manner and the other dominated by the Right Wing Radicals and the Tea Party who still mistakenly believe that the American people can be bullied and dominated?
This civil war may already have started. Gov. Chris Christy of New Jersey is in danger of becoming a pariah in his own party for working too closely with President Obama during the recent efforts to recover from the super storm Sandy. And recently, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindahl took a shot at his own party when he said, "We've also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters." He further said that, Republicans should "stop being the stupid party" by working to embrace a larger group of constituents rather than becoming the party of "big anything."
If such an internal war for control of the GOP actually takes place, can we imagine how the Radical Right news organizations and their one dimensional hosts would react? Might Rush Limbaugh throw down the gauntlet against Fox News and their lineup of pseudo-journalists? Could Ann Coulter and Great Van Susteren go head to head? Might we even see Bill O'Reilly challenge the opinions and positions of Sean Hannity? Which of the various factions would Ralph Reed or Grover Norquist support? And the biggest, most critical decision; whose side would the self-proclaimed political genius, Karl Rove, take?
In recent times, millions of Americans have awakened to this distinct danger and there are signs that they are beginning to fight back. Their recent rejection of Romney and the Republicans is evidence of this awareness and objection to their twisted ideology and agenda. They were not fooled by the smoke and mirror tactics that Romney and Ryan tried to use. The majority completely rejected the message of covert and overt hatred emanating from the Radical Right.
What we have here is a perfect opportunity for the emergence of a new third party movement. The American people have been desperately hoping that for a new party and candidates that would bring honesty and integrity, together with creative and innovative ideas, to this political system. This would be a great opportunity to give the voters a completely new alternative to the current two parties that continue to be mired down in a massive gridlock.
It took many decades for this political system to become so thoroughly corrupted and dysfunctional and it will, no doubt, take many years to overhaul it. The first step is to methodically eliminate the members of the Right Wing Radicals from this Congress. The next constructive step would be to also rid this Congress of the Blue Dog Democrats, generally thought of as closet Republicans, and replace them with dedicated and clear thinking representatives of the people.